As the nation mourns for the victims and families of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, Clarke Community Schools joins in shared sorrow. We also wish to communicate the ongoing safety efforts taken to protect our own students and staff. In the event of any school crisis or threat, a partnership with local law enforcement is critical to supporting school safety.
CCSD has worked with law enforcement agencies to develop a detailed safety and crisis plan. This plan addresses a variety of potential crises -- including school shootings. In addition, safety drills are implemented to practice response time and processes in the event of an actual crisis.
CCSD also continues to take proactive steps to enhance school security. In addition, all buildings will be using a key fob system for entry so all doors to the schools will be locked during school hours. The front school offices use the for all visitors wanting to visit our school buildings.
In light of this recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we encourage CCSD families to talk to their students and listen to their concerns. We encourage students to tell an adult if they see something out of the ordinary on social media or in person. Students should not feel intimidated or embarrassed by sharing concerns. CCSD is grateful for the support and partnership it has with local law enforcement, staff, families, and the broader community to help our students learn in a safe environment.
Steve L. Seid, Superintendent, Clarke Community Schools
Clarke Athletic Booster Club has new apparel and other Clarke items for sale. Click on the links below to download the order forms.
Turn in orders to Ronda Wishon at the Clarke Middle School. For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clarke Community School district has adopted the strategy for lockdown procedures for K-12 known as the A.L.I.C.E. plan. A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. Prior to the A.L.I.C.E. plan, lockdown procedures involved the staff locking doors, moving the students to a part of the room where they could not be seen, and quietly remaining there until the “all clear” announcement was given. The A.L.I.C.E. plan offers a different philosophy in light of recent school violence. The philosophy of A.L.I.C.E. is to use technology and information in a way so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, remove as many people as possible from the danger zone, and provide realistic training so that those involved in a crisis have a better chance of surviving.
Training emphasizes the best way to survive an active shooter is to escape. When that is not possible, being mentally prepared and having been given the authority and ability to act will save lives. The methods that are taught in the event they are directly confronted by an armed gunman are:
If you have any questions, contact Clarke Juvenile Court Liaison Officer, Marcus Kious, at 641-342-6505 Ext: 559.
You are invited to the Clarke Elementary Leadership Day on Friday, March 9 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Our student-led welcoming ceremony will be at 9:00 followed by break-out sessions around the Elementary School. Our closing ceremony will conclude at 11: 00. Our Leadership Day in the fall was a huge success with almost 100 visitors!
This event is open to everyone! However, we ask that you please reserve your seat by Friday, March 2 so that we can adequately prepare. We have students preparing projects, reader's theaters, leadership portfolios and much more to share with you! If you’ve attended before, come again; our Leadership Day is always evolving! Reserve your seat by e-mailing email@example.com, calling the Elementary School Office (641-342-6320), or online at https://goo.gl/forms/Xp79RwQfslIqfQhK2. Please come support the students and see the great things happening at Clarke Elementary!
"Famous Paul" Henry is healing well and ready to hang out with everyone!
Come out to socialize with Paul, eat snacks, listen to some great live music by Genuine George and Jeff Riekena.
This will be a family-friendly evening to celebrate Paul's homecoming!
Saturday, February 24
Eagles Lodge, 2329 N. Main St.
At a recent event to celebrate Osceola and Clarke County's businesses and community, the Clarke Community Schools' Industrial Arts Advisory Board celebrated its inaugural year. Industrial Arts instructor Dave Lyden shared the following video that showcases the partnership between Clarke Schools and area businesses and community organizations. The program has been deemed a huge success so far, with Clarke students gaining "real-world" guidance as well as the school receiving substantial donations.
Charter members of the Clarke Community Schools' Industrial Arts Advisory Board include:
Everyone is invited to "Like" the Clarke Elementary Facebook page to keep up on all the happenings at the elementary, including Leader in Me activities.
Click here to access the Clarke Elementary Facebook page or go to www.facebook.com/clarkelem/.
Substitute teachers are in high demand at Clarke Schools and in surrounding school districts. This summer, the Green Hills Area Education Agency will offer courses for substitute teacher authorization.
What's required to get a substitute teacher authorization?
Why become a substitute?
School Board policies 505.3 Student Honors and Awards and 505.5 Graduation Requirements were changed and approved on Monday, September 25th.
The new policies will take effect starting with the class of 2021 (this year’s freshmen). Please see the summary below. Mrs. Scott will work to inform the Class of 2021 starting October 12.
There are no changes to the students honors and awards or diploma programs for the Classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020.
1) Eliminate class rank
2) Eliminate valedictorian, salutatorian and Top Ten awards at graduation
3) Eliminate the honors diploma
1) **Award students with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or greater as “Top of the Class” at graduation.
2) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 as graduating “With High Distinction” at graduation.
3) Award students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74 as graduating “With Distinction” at graduation.
*Students who graduate having attended more than eight semesters of high school will not be eligible for these honors and awards unless at the principal’s discretion.
**When class rank is required for scholarship purposes any and all students achieving 4.0 or greater will be ranked number one.